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Community still wants answers

November 13, 2007

Quitman - It's been nearly a month and a half since 59-year-old Samuel Baker of Quitman died shortly after being tased by a police officer.

His family and friends are still asking why he died and what exactly killed him.

And many in the community say they've been asking these questions for far too long.  "They owe us a response, they owe the people a sense of conformability with their decision making and to have someone die, allegedly, then waiting on the findings and not saying anything to the community is a travesty," says Minister Greg Hamilton.

Last month, about 100 people marched to demand answers and they say if the results aren't in soon, they'll march and protest again.  "We intend to not only march the police station and be in front of the police station with signs and bull horns."

Hamilton says these protests will begin after Thanksgiving and last as long as it takes to get answers.

But the Quitman Police say it won't help.  They told us since the matter is internal, it's been passed on to the GBI and is out of their hands. The results are pending an on-going investigation.

Once it's closed, they'll get the answers with the rest of the community.

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